Friday, 01 November 2019 19:18

LASER STRIKE

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Lasers are used in a variety of ways today, most commonly for entertainment; they pump up a party and add energy to concerts. Even the little hand held laser pointers have an instant fun quality that just can't be explained. Maybe it is the way the light cuts through the darkness or the way it seems to go on forever. Maybe it's because that little light never seems to stop moving no matter how hard you try. Whatever the reason, it's just plain fun and unlike what has been said about them for years laser pointers are relatively harmless even if you do shine it in someones eyes. According to Scientific American, most laser pointers aren't strong enough to cause retinal damage. Now you still shouldn't do it and is still extremely obnoxious when it is done to you but it is not illegal and won't hurt you. However, not all the stories you heard about laser pointers were a lie. In fact, if you heard that you can't point a laser at at a plane that's true. Pointing a laser at a plane or helicopter is called a laser strike and can be very dangerous for pilots. Under A.R.S. 13-1213 it is illegal and can be a class one misdemeanor or an assault. So, have fun but be mindful next time you point your laser in the sky and keep it away from flying aircraft.